Pic-A-Day (7) Albert Mach Fine Art.
1898 Leon Bollee Tri-Car
This was seen at the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine.
Leon Bollee was the first person in France to build small gasoline powered vehicles, beginning in 1895.
This voiturette, as he called it, was introduced in the 1896 Paris-Marseille-Paris race. With three speeds of 6,12 and 18 mph, it was one of the fastest of its type. In 1897 modified versions won the Paris-Dieppe race at 24 mph and the Paris-Trouville race at 28 mph.
Specifications: Tandem two-seat tri-car; engine four-cycle, single-cylinder, air-cooled, with hot tube ignition; bore 76 mm., stroke 145 mm., displacement 650 cc., 2.5 hp.